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Masterchef Australia – The How Much Does My Fellow Competitor Like Me Mystery Box

Interesting how Michael and Alana who I think are the stronger people in the competition have not won a challenge to go up for an immunity pin. This is why viewers are frustrated by the show this year, better cooks have been sidelined.

Tonight there were no losers only a winner who would go into an immunity pin challenge against a chef or amateur cook.

The mystery box challenge should have been the “show us how much you like the other contestants” challenge, as each contestant had to choose the ingredients for one of the other contestants to cook with.

They were instructed to go for their competitors weak points. This episode came complete with cut to the contestants making cats meow faces when someone elses dish was being praised. I am looking at you Alana.  Also Michael had a grimace on his face when Alana was getting some praise. But both could have just been cheeky editing.

Ellie made an italian type basket for Dani and threw in a rabbit as well. Kate was given seafood and asian ingredients by Dani. Michael gave Alana flounder with beetroot and kohl rabi, now that was an interesting mix. Alana gave Ellie rabbit, but also gave her some nice brussell sprouts and lentils, and Kate gave Michael a dessert basket, as that is his weak spot.

I was surprised no one was given offal to cook. That would have been an act of bastardry.

Ellie stuffed around for most of the challenge but finally plated up something which was simple but nice. She is not stupid she knows how to get on the judges good side. Ellie said ” I am putting the kidney on top as George loves kidneys.” Ok maybe I need to delete that appropriate behaviour post about the judges not touching the contestants I did a few weeks ago.

However Dani’s dish was diabolical. Olive and boccocini tortellini with rabbit and tomato broth. Oh and it came with a side dish of tears. Ok I know they only had 60 minutes to cook something – would it have been possible to do a ragu in that time?

Matt Preston said “Elements of good technique there …. not quite a car crash”.

Michael made Pannacottta with roasted rhubarb with honey and orange syrup. He put a piece of honeycomb in the bottom of he brulee, and Gary did not know whether to spit or swallow as he didn’t like the texture it left in his mouth.  Many female viewers thought get over it.

Alana made almond crusted flounder with a beetroot puree with some pickled kohlrabi and radish. Gary liked the pickled vegetables but called it a “weird dish”.

Matt Preston again showed why he was the sartorial one of the group, when he invoked Coco Chanel in his critique. Coco said when you dress and before you go out always take one item off. She needed to do the same with her ingredients.

Kate made panfried seafood with curry sauce. Gary said “I love chilli and for me it is a nice hot sauce, but misses balance of sour and sweet”. George sweated and panted out  “It’s lovely it has lots of different flavour there,”

Michael won which was obvious after Alana tanked, and will play off for the immunity pin. If he wins this means there is the potential for two pins to be in play for the elimination the second last week of the competition. The pin should not be able to be played in the last two weeks of the competition. It should be all about the cooking.

Tomorrow night looks like it is the conjugal rights challenge, with family and friends visiting to watch them cook.


1 Chunks { 07.25.11 at 12:26 pm }

Gillian, no point being bothered by what people say on Internet forums. The promise of anonymity causes all restraint to fly out the window. All things considered, the bickering could be a LOT worse.

2 JaniceG { 07.25.11 at 12:28 pm }

@Paul: As has been mentioned previously, you seem to be comparing the contestants to your average home cook. If you volunteer to be a MasterChef contestant, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect that you have more breadth of knowledge and experience with food than your average home cook. Plus, keep in mind that this is near the end of the competition, when they have had the benefit of previous challenges, master classes, one-on-one experience with chefs, a well-equipped kitchen with other people interested in food to learn from and cookbooks all around plus no distractions of everyday life, and so on. Finally, just compare this season’s final five contestants to last year’s. They too were amateur cooks but by this point in the competition, they were producing mostly restaurant-quality dishes on taste and presentation.

@Lily: Cool – Jimmy is indeed tweeting about this year’s competition. (“It’s raining immunity pins and it’s official the contestants this year on #masterchef are heaps better than our year… Or are they?”)

3 Toby Tom { 07.25.11 at 12:29 pm }

Uh if you want to be respected as a viewer.. stop watching? If it’s causing so much pain change the channel.

4 kingfisher { 07.25.11 at 12:35 pm }

toby tom . i ve thought about it many times just put something else ,but you know tonight could be the night something good is gonna happen and when it’s over i think why didn’t i watch something else . doh!!!

5 Gillian { 07.25.11 at 12:48 pm }

@ Chunks – yes, that’s what I’m afraid of!

6 Sooty { 07.25.11 at 1:14 pm }

PS Thanks Lulu.

You can suck my fat one, too, Gillian. It’s a joke. I am ‘a female’. Just quoting.

7 Gillian { 07.25.11 at 1:18 pm }

@ Sooty You can agree to disagree on a forum. Paul’s opinion has no bearing on yours. When you have to resort to such childish insults, you’ve already lost the argument in my opinion anyway. It just ‘sucks’ up all the fun out of the forum.

8 Sooty { 07.25.11 at 1:22 pm }

Wow – more life tips. I would say the reverse. My opinion has no bearing on Paul’s. Every second or third commenter here is gifted with a correction, usually an attitude adjustment exhortation from Paul. I just got sick of it this morning. But good to know you are always on hand to step in for a follow-up on web protocol, Gillian, if he is otherwise indisposed.

9 brain dead dave { 07.25.11 at 1:27 pm }

The crux of the problem is that Ma$terchef “sucks”….

10 dmc { 07.25.11 at 1:33 pm }

I think it says a lot about where the standards of the show are when we say ‘gosh I couldn’t do something with those ingredients’ and we use that as the benchmark of judging the contestants’ skills.

But hang on. These are people who auditioned out of thousands and were actually chosen by professionals as people with ‘talent’. And they have now been in weeks and weeks of tests and masterclasses. And they have reached the top 5 out of 24. Shouldn’t we expect them to be able to make something out of ingredients that we can’t?

I think last night we saw what everyone knows: it’s a two tiered race. Kate, Michael and Alana did jobs that I thought were fine and the other two didn’t. That disappoints me. And the fact that one of them has won two immunity pins (and the other one won one pin) disappoints me more. It’s not their fault at all. RR said it all: maybe you’ll cook against a real chef, or maybe against a swimmer….

11 Gillian { 07.25.11 at 1:35 pm }

@Sooty – Always happy to be of assistance.

@BBD – Totally agree. It has definitely lost it’s ‘flavour’ this year.

12 Paul { 07.25.11 at 1:36 pm }

Don’t get things so wrong and you won’t get corrected.
Its pretty simple.

You were under the impression that every contestant wanted to be a professional chef in a professional kitchen. I corrected you on that.

End of story.

13 Rickard Lomez { 07.25.11 at 1:38 pm }

Last Night was a waste of time, just another excuse to milk the viewers for another night, it was a nothing show

14 Rachel Batta { 07.25.11 at 1:40 pm }

Just like the first series of the Block when DR Andrew Rochford went on to get recognised and get on TV, which he has, that is what Masterchef is all about, none of them will ever open a restaurant, by the way where is Julie Goodwin, who show on 9 has gone???

15 Sooty { 07.25.11 at 1:42 pm }

Paul, are you for real?

That was not my misconception.

Get help.

16 brain dead dave { 07.25.11 at 1:49 pm }

Just the idea that any of the contestants could cope as a chef in a busy restaurant kitchen is crazy. This is Wankerchef(tm)

Dani might be able manage a burger bar in Rabbit Flat.

17 SaintsDeano { 07.25.11 at 1:51 pm }

Alana’s crumbed flounder was a train crash. Dani’s was a disaster too. Not a good challenge to promote the best 5 “amatars”. Book sales will also be a train crash.

18 brain dead dave { 07.25.11 at 1:54 pm }

The cookbooks will need to come with First Aid Kits.

19 Fides { 07.25.11 at 2:01 pm }

If Dani had a burger joint, you’d be getting burnt buns. Oh but that’s right, there’s no bread in a Dani burger, just mushrooms or rice.

20 brain dead dave { 07.25.11 at 2:06 pm }

The Legoburger(tm)–you have to dislocate your jaw to have a bite.

21 Fides { 07.25.11 at 2:08 pm }

BDD – Love it!

22 Casper { 07.25.11 at 2:16 pm }

I agree with most of the comment based on some of the contestants seemingly lack of general cooking knowledge and poor skill set. Disappointing when I consider I shouldn’t be able to trump any of the contestants at this stage of the competition in those areas when I would be lucky to be classed as an average cook.

23 kingfisher { 07.25.11 at 2:32 pm }


24 kleenex mum { 07.25.11 at 2:32 pm }

oh please bring out the kleenex for ken (aka- dani ) and barbie ( aka Ellie ) i was sitting on the edge off my seat watching the two chefs ( yeh right ) destroy the Wabbit….. omg, this late in the comp and this is what theses two dimwits come up with, but right on cue, the tears appear….. what a joke, first time ive ever watched a reality tv show and have to say channel 10, what a joke…………

25 kingfisher { 07.25.11 at 2:40 pm }

kleenex mum “welcome to the party pal “

26 Chunks { 07.25.11 at 2:46 pm }

please, PLEASE don’t start the cook book thing up again. Some people just can’t resist a good cookbook barney…

27 Culinary Boner { 07.25.11 at 3:15 pm }

“Ellie said ‘I am putting the kidney on top as George loves kidneys'” ….

Wiki entry from 2015…
“Carry on ‘assolet”, produced 2013
Set in 1799, just after coup that makes Napoleon the First Consul of France. No. 33 in the Carry On series. First since 1992. Rick Mayall, Adrian Edmondson rejected parts when offered in 2012. With no one in UK interested, production moves downunder in desperation. While initially sought for the project Anh Do, Steady Eddy and Jimeon also decline. Manu Fiedel whilst strongly linked, issued a firm denial saying he was “otherwise engaged and had better things to do” citing the following link as evidence-
Production finally resumed with MCA ‘stars’ playing the parts…
…Example segment:
Scene: Inside a post-revolutionary restaurant. Our hero George Napoleon is keen to boost tourism and have wealthy Americans open their wallets for steak frites in Paris’ new restaurants, not knowing that they are eating grilled beef and thin chips. N’s inspecting one such establishment. Walks in flanked by Gary Talleyrand and his new inspector d’cuisine M Creosote.
George N, looking around: “This place seems to have all the alaments. Wot ya think fellas? Anyone care for some spotted dick and a bowl of slap and tickle?”
*young blonde serving wench walks in*
“Ooh, you’re a cheeky one, big boy”.
*she curtseys and they all oogle her cleavage*
“We heard you was COMING,’ she winks. “Would ‘is lordship fancy a kidney? I ‘er his lordship loves kidneys. I’d prefer a large sausage, meself.”
“A saucy one, at that,” she winks again and flounces out waggling her bussle…
…What the critics said:
“Why, oh why did they bother?” – Margaret Pomeranz.
“I thought it was absolute shit. But I’m still giving it 4 stars because it was good to see lots of tits in a film that didn’t feature Vin Diesel.” – David Straton
“Best in the franchise since Carry on Dick,” – Nigel, aged 13
“Not enough spotted dick.” – Mod Brit Cuisine Magazine

28 littlepetal { 07.25.11 at 3:49 pm }

I haven’t watch the episode yet but I am going to watch it to see how bad Dani and Ellie cooked. These 2 girls really need to go.

29 dmc { 07.25.11 at 4:01 pm }

Personally I like Dani and Ellie and I don’t think they are awful cooks. They are certainly better than me. But should they really be in the final stages of a show designed to find ‘Australia’s best amateur cook’? No answer required.

30 Skod { 07.25.11 at 4:34 pm }

Well George loves boobies more than kidneys..

31 lulu { 07.25.11 at 5:17 pm }

It does seem that they did a quick re-edit last night as there was much less of Daniii – I guess they just let her ‘food’ do the talking.

….and here comes Gillian (Paul’s fellow apostle?) riding in on her white horse like a valkyrie, the latest purveyor of online etiquette. It’s all a bit of fun, and without a variety of critiques, there would be no forums.
So lighten up, joy-suckers.

32 Allie { 07.25.11 at 6:19 pm }

Will Hayden come back as Michael’s loved one tonight?

33 ange { 07.25.11 at 6:37 pm }

I was amazed at how well Ellie did last night – she made a mess of the rabbit before and did a great job last night. I thought it was very difficult to make something when the ingredients were mismatched in some instances. Thought Lego’s dish was a shocker. Thought Micheal’s looked great and was impressed with what Kate did with the limited ingredients.

34 JaniceG { 07.25.11 at 8:16 pm }

@Allie: My husband was making all sorts of Hayden jokes about the show’s use of bridesmaid and bride for Michael’s immunity pin drought :->

35 Moonstruck { 07.25.11 at 9:54 pm }

Hi all. New to this blog and on the whole enjoyable.
The reason MKR got better was because they they started to have challenges and they went to Darwin. I personally found the home cooking a bore. Just two people cooking who I didn’t know for a whole sixty minutes.
As for who wants to open a restaurant, Andre did as did Chris B. But let’s be truthful – who would go to their restaurants even if they open them. Would be interesting to find out how many of those that started catering are still at it.
Keep up the discussions. It’s almost worth watching mc just to be able to read this blog (as long as u r all nice to each other.)